Deliberations must continue until unanimous verdict reached, judge says
Jurors deliberating in Harvey Weinstein’s trial in New York City appear to be deadlocked on the two most serious charges against the former movie mogul.
During Friday’s lunch break, the jury asked Judge James Burke if they could be hung on the two charges of predatory sexual assault, but unanimous on remaining three charges. Weinstein is also accused of criminal sexual act in the first degree, rape in the first degree and rape in the third degree.
While the defence team indicated it would accept a partial verdict, prosecutors said they would not.
Burke instructed the jury — comprising seven men and five women — to continue deliberations for a unanimous verdict on all charges.
Friday marked the fourth day of deliberations. The day ended early, at 3 p.m. ET, per a note from Burke the previous day.
“Don’t do anything that would put your health in jeopardy,” Burke told jurors as he discharged them for the weekend, adding that all 12 are required for a verdict.
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